UC San Diego’s 1961-2011 General Catalogs Available in the Library’s Digital Collections

Posted On: September 13, 2017

The UC San Diego Library is proud to announce the online availability of UC San Diego’s General Catalogs. The catalogs include degree requirements and descriptions for colleges, departments, and schools offered by UC San Diego, with course descriptions for each course. Catalogs were produced and distributed by the Campus Registrar each year. Historically the Library would then microfilm these paper catalogs as they were received to preserve and make them accessible to users in the Library. Alumni seeking to verify enrollment for transfer credit at grad school needed to visit the Library and search the microfilm for each year to find course descriptions, making grainy printouts to submit for verification. For alumni outside of San Diego this meant a special trip to San Diego or requesting copies through their local library or the UC San Diego Library Ask A Librarian service. Now online, these catalogs can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection and are full-text searchable – no more special trips to the Library or fighting with the microform printer!

Each catalog is available in its entirety as a PDF that can be downloaded to the user’s computer. Catalogs include not only course descriptions but Program and Certificate descriptions, faculty lists, and pertinent campus information including photos and maps of campus. Student and faculty profiles also offer a glimpse of campus life. Below is a short list of “notable”s found in the General Catalogs.

  • 1973-1974 General CatalogIn 1970-1971, we predicted:”The San Diego campus is expected to reach maximum growth by 1995, with a student enrollment of 27,500. By that time twelve interrelated colleges, grouped in clusters of three or four  colleges each, will have been established” (pdf page 13).
  • In 1978-1979, we declared: Most Sports-Minded Campus: UC San Diego Physical Education Department Chairman Dr. Howard Hunt calls this campus “the most sports-minded in America.” And Dr. Hunt has the statistics to prove it. UC San Diego fields more intercollegiate athletic teams – thirty- than any other college or university in the nation. This total is all the more remarkable in light of the fact that UC San Diego has no big-time football team and that the student body voted four-to-one against allowing any athletic scholarships (pdf page 13).
  • Most of the catalogs include faculty and student profiles. You’ll find important campus figures like Faith Ringgold, professor of Visual Arts in 1996-1997 (pdf page 170).

Although we currently only have PDF versions of catalogs through 2011, more recent catalogs are available online through the Registrar’s Office website. We hope that the addition of this content to our holdings will further enhance information available about the history of UC San Diego.

We would love to hear how you use UC San Diego Library Digital Collections — whether for work or for fun; for academic or creative projects. Your stories help us improve the site and demonstrate its value. Let us know! You can leave a comment below or email us at dlp@ucsd.edu.

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Changes Are Coming! Geisel Library Renovations Slated for Fall 2017

Posted On: September 5, 2017

Temporary Closure of Geisel’s 8th Floor to Begin September 2017 

The long-awaited and much-needed renovation of the interior spaces of Geisel Library is moving forward, with Geisel’s 8th floor scheduled to be closed as of Friday, September 22, 2017 in order to create an updated, modern space for individual study. Work will begin promptly and the 8th floor is expected to reopen in Winter Quarter 2018. Simultaneously, the restrooms on Geisel’s floors 4 – 7 will undergo renovation and new ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms will be added to each floor.

Throughout the course of the restroom renovations, Geisel’s floors 4 – 7 will remain open, and there will be restroom access on each floor at all times. Restroom renovations on floors 4 – 7 will likely continue through Winter Quarter 2018. Generally, construction will occur in one shift, from 6:00am to 3:00pm. Exceptions may occur and Library staff will notify users in advance when possible.

With the continuing need to provide quiet study space, Geisel’s 7th floor will serve as the new, temporary, silent study floor during the closure of the 8th floor, and the Biomedical Library Building has been declared a Quiet Building indefinitely. The collection of oversized materials that was on Geisel’s 8th floor has been moved to the 6th floor. The Roger catalog can be used to find the current locations of any books.

The renovation of the 8th floor marks the next phase of the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI), which began in 2015 with the construction of Audrey’s Café. Responding to student, faculty, and staff feedback, the renovation sets out to transform the interior public spaces of Geisel Library by dramatically enhancing the user experience through modern, technology-rich spaces that advance research and learning.

For the latest updates, visit lib.ucsd.edu/construction or follow our social media channels as the project moves along.

2017 Welcome Week Library Tours

Posted On: August 30, 2017

The library will be offering specially scheduled tours during Welcome Week focused on incoming and returning students. You will receive a heads up on how to access library resources and view re-designed areas. Tours will be held twice daily, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am and 1pm. You do not have to reserve a spot, tour groups will convene in the library foyer.

For Details: lib.ucsd.edu/tours

Download the Campus VPN for Undisrupted Use of Library Materials

The Virtual Private Network (VPN) service will soon become the sole campus-supported way for UC San Diego affiliates (currently enrolled students and faculty/staff) to access the wide breadth of Library resources—including e-journals, e-books, databases, and electronic reserve materials—from off-campus. The campus will soon discontinue the existing web proxy server, and as a result, users who are currently accessing the server through their internet browser will need to change their set-up and move to the VPN. Because the web proxy server is a passive system, many users may be unaware that they are connecting to Library resources via this method. By downloading the VPN software now, Library users can ensure undisrupted access. More information and instructions can be found at library.ucsd.edu/computing-and-technology/connect-from-off-campus. If you have trouble accessing a Library resource or have other questions, Ask A Librarian.

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